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No can argue that there isn’t a tongue-in-cheek quality to Everybody’s Rockin’. After all, the album was partially conceived as a “screw you” to Geffen after the label attempted to direct the creative content of Neil Young’s career. On the other hand, Young’s affection for rock’s early years is genuine, and his tributes to Bobby Freeman, Elvis Presley, and Jimmy Reed are delivered with love. The blend of goofiness and loose rhythm in Young originals like “Kinda Fonda Wanda” and “Jellyroll Man” is just enough to connect the new songs to the classics without becoming parody. The album features some surprisingly strong harmonica and singing from Young, whose voice is captured with replicated Sun Studios reverb. The highlight is “Wonderin’,” an old song left over from Young’s early days with Danny Whitten and Crazy Horse. The song never quite fit on any earlier album, but its gentle shuffle and bittersweet melody make it perfect for adaptation into Everybody’s Rockin’.

Customer Reviews

Neil's Curveball

Although this album confounded fans upon release, I loved it for it's honest, early rockabilly vibe. Completely divorced from the synthisized prefabricated sound of the early 80's, this album found Young at his most confrontational. Like Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and John Lennon, this work shows an artist challenging his audience to keep up. Sounds better every year. I've owned it on record, cassette and cd. One of the last of the true believers!

Take it for what it is

A lot of people rate this as one of Neil's worst albums. If you go into it expecting Rust Never Sleeps, Harvest, or Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, you'll be disappointed. If you realize it's an album that Neil made for fun, and that it's supposed to be funny, you'll really enjoy it. Listen to the sample here, and you'll see that it's a bunch of catchy, upbeat songs that are fun to listen to.

For the openminded, a wonderful album.

Neil Young is a bit of a walking (and rocking) contradiction. He himself has admitted to writing only a handful of song forms that he changes subtley (and ofcourse writes new lyrics for), but he has managed to remain one of music's most relevant and revolutionary composers. This album was a definite departure from the similarly excellent "TRANS" record (and every record before it, for that matter) but it illustrates his wit, his musicality and his knowledge of his own roots better than any other. This is a tribute album at it's absoulte finest, and deserves better treatment than it has gotten.


Born: November 12, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After Neil Young left the California folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield in 1968, he slowly established himself as one of the most influential and idiosyncratic singer/songwriters of his generation. Young's body of work ranks second only to Bob Dylan in terms of depth, and he was able to sustain his critical reputation, as well as record sales, for a longer period of time than Dylan, partially because of his willfully perverse work ethic. From the beginning of his solo career in the late '60s through...
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